Liverpool's Achilles heel on show against Manchester United

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp

It was a frustrating night for Liverpool against their arch rivals.

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp

Liverpool have been in free flowing form this season,having been equal top scorers going into this weekend's  round of games and playing very entertaining football to go along with it.

On Monday night they played one of their main rivals in Manchester United and expectations were high among Reds fans that they would emerge from the game with a victory.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho before the match

Jose Mourinho had other plans and not for the first time at Anfield, executed a 'Mourinho Masterclass'  to nullify the Liverpool attack.

For the Reds it was a case of same old story when they came up against a well disciplined defensive unit who are happy to sit back and soak up the pressure.

Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho looks dejected after the game

United were very happy to let Liverpool have the ball (65-35%possession) but were intent on not letting them get behind their defence and closed down the Reds main attacking threats like Roberto Firmino and Phillippe Coutinho at every possible opportunity. They more than did the job that Mourinho asked by only allowing Liverpool three shots on target for the whole 90 minutes.

Some may call the tactics dull or even unwatchable but the onus was on Liverpool to create opportunities and if they managed to take one of the few chances on show, it would have forced United have to change their pattern of play.

It is another lesson learnt for Jurgen Klopp and his players and they will get challenged in this fashion many more times before the season concludes. Their next test will be on Saturday evening against West Bromwich Albion, a team who have had similar success against Liverpool in the past.




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